A Small Change in Plans .... :)
Monday, February 01, 2010
Today I went to the doctors for a physical. I figured with the big weight loss I've experienced in the past year - maybe I should make sure everything is in working order.
The really cool news is that my doctor is AMAZED at my weight loss. She said "You have proved that you don't need surgery to do this .. way to go!". I asked her what she thought my goal weight should be. I explained my tentative goal of middle of the "normal" on the BMI chart which is 153 for my height of 5'10". She advised me to consider 180 a good weight to be at and to not go any lower than 160 on the low end. She felt because of my height & bone structure that that would be a good healthy range for me.
THAT changes things. That means I'm 9 pounds away from being where she'd like to see me and I'm then about 19 pounds from where I'd like to be in order to give myself a 10 pound wiggle room. Just yesterday I was thinking I'd have about 40 more pounds to go and today it's half that! Nineteen more pounds and I'm going into maintenance. New goal weight of 170 pounds. Here I come!
There was an additional reason why I went to see the doctor.
My sister was recently diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation. She will be having surgery on her brain/neck/spinal cord in March. This will help to alleviate the symptoms. This is a genetic birth defect that can not be cured. We now believe that my mother may have had this disorder too. I've made an appointment on Wednesday for an MRI to see if I was born with it too. I don't have any painful or troublesome symptoms currently - memory loss, double vision & sleep apnea are my potential symptoms. All are manageable.
Here's what Chiari is in a nutshell (no pun intended):
I have a deep knowing that I probably have this defect. I just want to know if I need to give up riding roller coasters and other defiant acts against gravity ....
Not to worry Sparkfriends - this disorder is not going to get me or my sister down. And it's one HUGE motivator to stay on track to reaching & keeping my weight goals. Must keep a strong core .. Chiari or not!!
Remember .... Never, ever, ever, ever give up!!